A Taste for Adventure: Read an extract from Atticus Van Tasticus

A Taste for Adventure: Read an extract from Atticus Van Tasticus

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Who hasn’t fantasised about becoming a pirate and sailing the seven seas, plundering ships for gold and finding a treasure map?  If this is your little readers deepest desire then they will enjoy living the dream through a new character on the block – Atticus Van Tasticus!

Created by Andrew Daddo and Stephen Michael King, Atticus starts out as a pretty normal boy with an extremely wealthy grandnan. Everyone in the family wants to get their hands on her cash but she isn’t forthcoming. However, on their tenth birthday each of the grandkids are invited to choose something from her vast collection of things – some valuable and useful others not so much.

Atticus’s brother and sister made a mess of this and now the future survival of his family is dependent on him choosing something sensible that will lead them to great wealth. No pressure of course!

When his turn comes Atticus decides that a ship, a pirate ship would be the best thing for it and so he subsequently becomes a pirate. We can safely assume that the search for treasure will be high on his list of priorities.

He gathers together a crew, finds a treasure map and sets sail. There is a lot to learn but he has a great first mate and there’s nothing better than living a piratin’ life. That is until things don’t go exactly to plan…

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Andrew Daddo has managed to have a crack at just about every aspect of the entertainment industry. He’s appeared on TV and stage, presented radio programs and podcasts, and even made movies.
Best of all, Andrew is an accomplished author. He has written 25 books including picture books, chapter books, short story collections, novels and a vague biography – he’s hard to pin down. He also talks up literacy in schools.

Stephen Michael King is renowned worldwide for picture books like The Pocket Dogs and Where Does Thursday Go?Books he has both written and illustrated include The Man Who Loved BoxesHenry and AmyEmily Loves to Bounce, and most recently Mutt Dog. Several of his books have been shortlisted by the CBCA, and they frequently appear on children’s own voting lists like YABBA. Stephen has previously illustrated The Magic ViolinFollow That Lion!Duck Sounds and The Gorilla Suit for the Aussie Nibbles range, and more recently illustrated the classic Robin Klein story: The Princess Who Hated It, for the Aussie Nibbles series.

 

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Synopsis

A ten-year-old pirate captain? Absurd? Not in the world of Atticus Van Tasticus, the first in a fabulously funny illustrated junior fiction series from the brilliant and whacky creative minds of Andrew Daddo and Stephen Michael King. It’s 1750, when times were tough and teeth were rotten… As part of an ancient family tradition, young Atticus Van Tasticus narrowly escapes a life down the coal mines – or worse, going to school – when he gets to choose the gift of a pirate ship from his Grandnan’s treasure pile. It’s a choice that will change the course of history – well, OK, his story, at least. Atticus pulls together a rag-tag bunch misfits – AHEM – a tough, brilliant crew, and sets out to wreak havoc – I mean – live a piratin’ life. With little else to his name, Atticus has a taste for adventure, beauty and danger – where any minute might be your last, and your next minute could be your best (…if only they could get off the dock).
Penguin Random House Australia
About the author

Penguin Random House Australia

Books by Penguin Random House Australia

Andrew Daddo
About the author

Andrew Daddo

Andrew Daddo has managed to have a crack at just about every aspect of the entertainment industry. He’s appeared on TV and stage, presented radio programs and podcasts, and even made movies. Best of all, Andrew is an accomplished author. He has written 25 books including picture books, chapter books, short story collections, novels and a vague biography – he’s hard to pin down. He also talks up literacy in schools.Photo credit: Anouk Daddo

Books by Andrew Daddo

Stephen Michael King
About the author

Stephen Michael King

Stephen Michael King is renowned worldwide for picture books like The Pocket Dogs and Where Does Thursday Go?. Books he has both written and illustrated include The Man Who Loved Boxes, Henry and Amy, Emily Loves to Bounce, and most recently Mutt Dog. Several of his books have been shortlisted by the CBCA, and they frequently appear on children's own voting lists like YABBA. Stephen has previously illustrated The Magic Violin, Follow That Lion!, Duck Sounds and The Gorilla Suit for the Aussie Nibbles range, and more recently illustrated the classic Robin Klein story: The Princess Who Hated It, for the Aussie Nibbles series.

Books by Stephen Michael King

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